We started off the birthday with the traditional birth story first thing in the morning in their beds! It was mighty hard climbing up into the new loft beds! They still laugh at my story and they still love hearing all about life back then. We did have to break the lunch tradition though :( This year the week of their birthday was finals week at school so I didn't check them out for lunch. I was so sad (and they were too) but they told me they couldn't miss any school. So instead we went out the Saturday before their birthday. They chose Pizza Pie Cafe. The day of their birthday I had to do something though so I picked them up from school (and made Logan still ride with carpool) so that I could take just the twins for a treat. We got snocones and then went home for presents and their birthday dinner.
|Birthday Dinner at Pizza Pie Cafe|
This year one chose lasagna and the other popcorn chicken and mashed potatoes. It made for quite the dinner! haha! We decided to let them open all but one gift on their actual birthday instead of waiting for the family party. We really wanted Sunday to be about the ordinations and family and we didn't want the gifts to take away from or be a distraction. Especially since one gift in particular was quite the milestone. They both got cell phones! I know, I know. I always swore I wouldn't get my kids a phone that young too. But this year they have both been super active at school and other activities and I can't count the times it would have saved time and simplified if they had phones. We decided they are going into middle school and are active enough that it was time. Most importantly they are responsible enough for them. That didn't stop me from parent controlling the heck out of them though! On top of that they are the old school flip phones. No smartphone, internet access, app drama for us! They were of course thrilled. Kaid squealed and jumped and Karson's jaw hit the ground! We wanted to call them while they were opening them but we were using our phones for pictures and video so that plan didn't work out and they just opened them. The video is awesome but Karson says his phone number out loud on it and we don't want the whole world knowing their numbers so it's not getting posted. I don't know how long it will take for me to get used to seeing their names in my contact list! But it's been fun to call and text with them :)
|Double the birthday dinner requests|
|Look at those cute 12 year old boys!|
|Kar in shock and Kaid so happy|
|I can still hear the joy just by looking at this picture!|
|Look! My babies are in my contacts list!|
|Me and my birthday boys!|
|Our first Deacons!|
|Me and my babies. Not much longer and they'll pass me in height|
|Turns out it's easier for them to hold me these days!|
Anyway after Sacrament when we did the actual ordination--that is when I turned into a crying mess. Their blessings were so individual to them and so perfect and Justin mentioned his dad being there that day and being with the twins often and it was just such an awesome experience. When Kar came and sat next to me and Kaid was going up I asked "do I have make-up all over my face?" He said "No. but if I wore make-up I would" Such a cutie. Jeremiah and his kids were there, Lindsay's family, my dad and Becki, RaeLene, her parents, Drake, Joanie and of course all of our family except Liam (I sent him with Kelsie so that he wouldn't interrupt).
All the family from the ordination came over afterward for the BBQ and Emily, Brooklynn and Art and Heather and her kiddos came for that part too. Unfortunately it was rainy so we were all stuck in the house the majority of the time. It was pretty cramped but still so much fun. We let them open their last gift finally too which was the one gift they couldn't guess (they didn't guess the cell phones but they were hidden. Every other gift they were able to guess). It was their new Scout shirts and they each got a book, "Even the Prophet started as a Deacon" and "The Stripling Warrior and Warriorette Work Out". The twins spent the day surrounded by family and felt very loved and supported.
|Full car on the way back to the house|
|Look at all those cuties|
|4 Generations: Great Grandma and Grandpa Young, Grandma Allen, Dad and the boys|
|Double the cake with twins|
|They were Scuba diving before church|
|Logan's always had a strange imagination and he loves having a brother to go along with his crazy ideas now :)|
|Becki, Joanie, my dad and Justin's grandparents|
|Some of the chaos. This was after Jeremiahs family had left.|
|Opening gifts from family|
|Drake and Logan are always together. They love picking on each other.|
|Giving Grandma some loves before she had to leave for her own church.|
Here we are a week later and they got to pass the Sacrament for the first time! They were called up again this week in Sacrament to get their certificate of Primary completion. The bishop said "let me see if I can get this right." he moved his hands back and forth and then tried to hand them each there certificate. "Nope" is all Karson said. Everyone had a good chuckle at that and he then swapped the certificates to the right kid. Then they went back to their spot on the bench up front.
Justin was helping this week with the prayers so me, Logan and Liam were alone. The bread went a little rocky haha. With 3 newbies up there it was bound to happen. Kar wasn't sure where to go when he came down and Kaid was on his side so he skipped his section but Kaid was able to get it all and then Kaid was doing both sides up front so he missed one family but one of the bishopric pointed it out and it all worked out. The water went much better. Kar was in the number 1 spot so he was the one who goes up on the stand to the bishop. He said it was a little nerve wracking knowing that everyone could see him. I don't know the word to use but it's really cool to see your sons up there performing an ordinance like that. They did well. Karson sat by me afterward and said he felt much better with the water than the bread. I could tell he was so proud of himself and that it was a really cool experience for him. I'm so happy to see these big things in their lives! Kaid said the same thing about the water going more smoothly to me afterward when we got home. We had lots of people telling us today how well they did and how crazy it was to see them up there because they were so young when we first moved in.
Today was also the first day they went to Young Mens. I miss them so much already in Primary. They have the best personalities and just added so much fun each week. On top of going to Young Mens it was combined this week so they were with ALL the young men AND ALL the young women. I remember that age so clearly! How can I have kids that age?! AHH! They really enjoyed the lesson though and have such an awesome group of kids. This will be good. We can all survive these next few years of teenagehood. At least that's what I keep telling myself :)
So now I've got two not-so-little-but-always-my-baby 12 year old Deacons.
Where has the time gone?
I love these two silly sweethearts more than I can put into words! I Love that they still let me try to hold them. I love that they now try to hold me. I love who they are and who they are becoming. I love everything about them and am so proud of them!
|Me holding my babies 1 year old|
|Me trying to hold my babies at 12 years old.|